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Forums > Living in Kunming > Laptop language change

A simple program can permanently activate any Win10 version's digital license. I don't think philanthropist Bill Gates cares that much anymore if digital licenses can easily be patched.

I've taken the courtesy to upload the activator:

After patching, here's a shortcut command to check if your machine has been permanently activated:

Press Windows logo +"R"
type "cmd"
type "slmgr/xpr"

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Places to go with a VERY limited budget

Was that what you've been doing for the past month and a half? Sitting in back of buses from start to terminal stations watching the world go by?

Welcome back. Sorely missed.

You should take on GK's offer to be one of the mods. Negotiate for company stock options.

"Travel card" you mentioned requires 20 deposit. Rules have changed. They can now refund your 20 deposit at any metro station without deposit slip, as long as the card is not torn, has a hole, or edges damaged.

Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

Ishmael, remember the lonely nights when you prayed to Zeus in the wee hours, seldom if ever receive response back?

Click back several pages to refresh memory lane of whining.

Yet now you're blessed in almighty dialogue with Rhea, mother of the gods. The Titaness herself has come down from beyond Mt. Olympus, gracing us with her godly presence, gifting us mortals with the promises of new mod(s) and developer to upgrade website design and functionality.

And still, you are discontent. Rambling on about vague and impractical issues to ad nauseam.

How about showing some appreciation and respect for once? Mother of Zeus, your prayers have been answered.

Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

Don't type in all caps. That is equivalent to yelling in a real cafe.

Spam button won't come to fruition. It seems GK management is unwilling to re-code website functionality. (edit: stand corrected)

GK isn't your modern day tech firm with a team of programmers on standby. Rather, they rely on more traditional, human touch.

That said, volunteer moderators have been the formula for successful maturation of forum milieu for decades.

Way to go GK staffers for enacting this change.


Is said volunteer a regular poster here or a newbie? Will his or her mod badge be visible or remain undercover?

May I take this opportunity to nominate @herenow, @tigertiger (cold turkey?), @JanJal, and/or @lemon lover as additional volunteer mods.

Over the years they've proven to be level-headed and passionately loyal to GK with slight undertone biases, but no harm no foul.

Apologies for missing any names worthy of mention.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Public transport app?

As the The_Dude said, use Baidu maps. It works for most bus routes in major Chinese cities. May not be pretty, but quite handy.

Also john-doe hit the nail with AMAP, aka the popular Gaode Ditu (高德地图) to the Chinese:

Typing pinyin would suffice for directions from A to B. Click "路线" (bottom right) and select different modes of transport:

"Easiest Mode, Taxi, Car, Public Transport, Bike, Walking, Plane, Train, Shuttle, Motor Bike routes, and Truck routes (in order of left to right)."

More detailed English instructions on how to use the visually appealing Gaode Map:

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If not cryptocurrency, donate to @Farah who is currently broke.


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As the 70th National Golden Week comes to a close, allow me to end the discourse on a more positive note with the "second arrow" parable.

To use another weaponry analogy, a wooden arrow flies across a forest and hits a person on the back. This first arrow of misfortune causes great pain to the victim, or even a nation. Be it the pain and humiliation inflicted by the Japanese occupation, Nanjing massacre, or the Opium Wars instigated by the British centuries earlier. As victims in life, we may not see the first arrow coming, nor control its trajectory.

The second arrow, however, is the suffering in the psyche after being hit by the first arrow. The emotional turmoil lingering in the mind of the victim(s) afterwards. The archer of that second arrow is in actuality ourselves. We've been shooting ourselves with them since the dawn of human conflicts.

We internally fire the second arrow, perpetuating our own adverse reactions of suffering vis-a-vis the first. Negative reactions that lead to a cyclic chain reaction of retributions or suffering for others as well.

For the sake of humanity, and to avoid a nuclear winter or impending global warming catastrophe, we as individuals and a collective nation turning to the next chapter, should try to control life's second arrows by being more mindful, or "正念" (zhengnian).

The word "" is the combination of now () over mind/heart ().

Not being attached to the past, nor fretting the future.... drishta dharma sukha viharin.

My typo, good catch herenow.

Chinese has a phrase to describe contradiction similar to your oxymoron, called 矛盾 (maodun). The spear (mao) that penetrates all shields and the shield (dun) that blocks all spears. Therein lies the contradiction.

The ongoing arms race, as it stands on paper, no shields of missile dense systems (MDS) could deter faster than sound hypersonic spears.

Moreover, ally Russia is currently bolstering Mainland's early missile defense system to counter more traditional ICBMs. Only these three nations will have this early warning MDS tech.

Hence, the concept of mutuality is, at least for now, tilted in favor of China if in event of an unlikely military escalation. This shift in balance of power, to return to my Art of War nod, gives U.S. and allies more pause for thought for waging war over the disputed SCS.

Chessboard stalemate ensues. The status quo of China expanding military, fishing, and drilling presence resumes as planned.

In Sun Tzu's Art of War. The best military tactic is not engaging in actual war, but defeating your enemies in mental tactics without firing a shot.

The display of advance weaponry is correlated to China's long-term GDP stabilization.

Americans don't seem to have a defense system that can bypass a legion of hypersonic ICBMs with nuke warheads capable of hitting US mainland soil in 30 minutes. This type of weaponry gives MAD (mass assured destruction) leverage to China's claim to the USD trillion dollar gas and mineral resources in the SCS.

People forget that energy also drives the economy, without which we saw the eventual downfall of Imperial Rising Sun and Nazi Germany.


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